Picture Perfect At The Polls

CARSON CITY, NV - Another major election year awaits all of us in 2014. But the rules could change for Nevada voters for that election if a Senate Bill becomes law. Specifically a photo would be required in most cases to cast a ballot. The bill is backed by Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, he says we have the technology to ensure people who are allowed to vote can do so with a picture or in some instances without a picture.

Last year voter photo ID was a big topic of conversation.

In some states it was enacted, only to be repealed before election day, causing confusion.

Others demanded that it be required, pointing out that people needed a picture id to drive and even get on a plane, why not vote?

Poll after poll shows most people support such an idea.

Talk to some Carson City residents and they agree with concessions.

“So many states are setting up such terribly difficulty things for identity, I do think identification is important in some way but the things they are requiring make it almost impossible for some people to vote,” says Jackie Knister a Carson City Resident..

“Well I think its all right to require a picture to be able to vote,” says Bob McCord another Carson City Resident.

Enter Senate Bill 63, proposed legislation backed by Nevada's Secretary Of State Ross Miller, poll workers would have pictures of voters at their fingertips at polling places.

“They will have a lap top. It will have a copy of your signature on file but then it will also have a photograph from the Department of Motor Vehicles. So if we don't have a photograph on file we will simply ask to take your picture. If you object to having your photo taken for religious or cultural reasons you'll simply sign an affidavit you are who you say you are. You'll have access to a ballot. Under our measure you'll have access to a full ballot rather than a provisional'” explains Ross Miller, Nevada's Secretary of State.

If the person decides to never invest in an ID, he will simply go through that process each voting season.

Secretary Miller says while the new process should cut down on voter fraud, it will not come without a cost.

Estimates run between $800,000 and 4,000,000 to implement.

The bill will be presented to the Senate Government Operations Committee on Thursday.

Secretary Miller says voter registration pictures and information are all confidential under Senate Bill 63.


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